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Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

Section 104(a) of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 amended the National School Lunch Act to provide an alternative to household eligibility applications for free and reduced price meals in high poverty local educational agencies (LEAs) (or districts) and schools.  The overall purpose of the CEP is to improve access to nutritious meals for students in high poverty areas by providing meals to all students “at no cost” to the students.


Annual Notification of North Carolina CEP Eligibility Reports



To examine documents from the pilot states, simply conduct a web-based search of documents indicating “Community Eligibility Provision in (Name of State)”

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia
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